The secretive mountain lion is also popularly referred to as a cougar. Their lesser used aliases are: catamounts, ghost cats, panthers or pumas. These mountain cats are primarily nocturnal and are most active at dusk/dawn, which is one reason why hikers rarely see them. Pair that with the fact that they prefer terrain less traveled by people... spending their time in areas with rocky and rugged terrain, dense vegetative cover or even in swamps.
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